Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
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Post #2 (p. 6): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

Originally published 20 March 2017

Revised 17 November 2018

 

Have you ever said something out loud, in public, thinking it was just the right thing to say, then realised almost immediately that you were in fact completely wrong?

If so, then you might have some sympathy for British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain as he stood in front of 10 Downing Street on 30 September 1938. Just back from putting his John Hancock on the Munich Agreement with Adolph Hitler (who I assume needs no further introduction), Chamberlain proudly declared, "I believe it is peace for our time"—a comment it allegedly took him no time to regret....

 

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Post #2 (p. 5): The Tour de GB: Richmond Park

Originally published 20 March 2017

Revised 22 September 2018

 

It's a rare thing when a country ends up indebted to an enemy for starting a war, but that's exactly where Great Britain found itself in 1914. The enemy (or rather, the former enemy) in question was Paul Kruger, and the war that Britain was grateful he'd started was, of course, the Second Boer War.

 

So now you're probably asking yourself: why in the world would the British be thankful for a conflict they won only because they'd played exceptionally dirty pool?...

 

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Post #2 (p. 4): The Tour de GB: Richmond Park

Originally published 20 March 2017

Revised 25 August 2018

 

One of the problems with turning a smallish northern island into the world's premier superpower is that you keep having to beat up the people who already live on the land that you'd like to add to your empire collection. And the biggest problem with adding said land to your empire collection is that most of the time, those people tend to fight back.


Which means that you, as the smallish island with empire ambitions, have to have a bigger, badder military than the other guys, and the only way to get that bigger, badder military is to train it up before you ship it out. Unfortunately, sometimes that training gets in the way of the really important things on your island... like herons....

 

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Post #2 (p. 3): The Tour de GB: Richmond Park

Originally published 20 March 2017

Revised 1 August 2018

 

Britannia may truly rule the waves, but it's also done its fair share of conquering continents... although quite a lot of that was accomplished "in a fit of absence of mind," if historian John Seeley had it right.

 

But even if Britain didn't always pay attention to what it was getting up to around the world, there's no escaping the fact that it punched way above its tiny-island weight in the nation-domination game—and it probably comes as no surprise that Richmond Park set the stage for more than a few heavyweight historical events....

 

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Post #2 (p. 2): The Tour de GB: Richmond Park

Originally published 20 March 2017

Revised 9 July 2018

 

In 1716, Christopher Bullock claimed "'Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes." In fact, there is one other thing you can be absolutely sure of: where there's a manor house, there's also a location scout.

 

Happily for fans of period pieces, producers can't get enough of Britain's posh pads, and Richmond Park has done its fair share of playing host to various film crews over the years. Where better than a real royal hunting park to shoot the likes of Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold on a fake royal hunt?...

 

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